Some LinkedIn data, including publicly viewable member profiles, has been scraped and posted for sale, Microsoft Corp’s professional networking site said based on an investigation.
The incident was not a data breach and no private member account data from the platform was included, LinkedIn said in a blog post on Thursday, adding that the information on the sale is a collection of data from a number of websites and companies.
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LinkedIn declined to provide more details on the incident, including the number of users affected.
CyberNews had reported on April 6 that an archive of data scraped from 500 million LinkedIn profiles was put for sale on a popular hacker forum.
Earlier this week, Facebook said, “malicious actors” had obtained data prior to September 2019 by “scraping” profiles using a vulnerability in the platform’s tool for syncing contacts.
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The world’s largest social network did not notify more than 530 million users whose details were obtained through the misuse and recently made public in a database, and does not have plans to do so, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.
Social networks including Facebook and Twitter have been under fire over how they handle user privacy across their platforms.
In 2019, Facebook reached a landmark settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission over its investigation into allegations the company misused user data.
Reporting by Akanksha Rana and Tiyashi Datta in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur
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